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Grateful Dead Live at The Warehouse on 1970-01-31

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Grateful Dead Live at The Warehouse on 1970-01-31

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Cold Rain And Snow, Mama Tried, Dire Wolf, Big Boss Man, Morning Dew, Mason's Children, Me And My Uncle, Hard To Handle* Long Black Limousine**, Seasons Of My Heart**, Saw Mill, Old, Old House, The Race Is On acoustic: Black Peter > Little Sadie > All Around This World, Katie Mae, Cumberland Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Warehouse
Location New Orleans, LA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > C > D > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Paul Hartman and JCotsman


Phil's amp fails, forcing an unscheduled acoustic set to close the show with. Jerry plays electric guitar for some of the acoustic set. This is also the day that the Dead were busted by the New Orleans police before the show, prompting some appropriate stage banter. The recording was normalized with Sound Forge, which was also used to edit a few small blemishes.


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2015
Subject: The revolution is over and you can all go home
Never taking themselves too seriously or getting to caught up in the trials and tribulations of the world around them.
There is a bunch of acoustic gems here.
I am surprised they didn't play
Long Black Limousine more often
it is such the tragic irony song.
Bobby sounds great on SEASONS.
With all the rare tunes here it is possible to overlook the standards like Black Peter
but care should be taken to imbibe deeply.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2013
Subject: Very good & full of magic.
Even with the deep history aside, there is a special spark to this show. Thanks!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2013
Subject: --
Beautiful - the accidental acoustic show following their release from jail due to a blown amp - I tell you, this is almost cinematically historical, it's so famous.

THe electric stuff is well-done - Morning Dew in those days was more often played in the first set, and Jerry does it sweet justice. But the acoustic stuff is why you are here - they keep us abreast of the situation throughout these numbers - the first half-dozen or so for a nicely subdued, congenial Bobby, Jerry throwing some of his own tunes in there later.

The quality of this recording is what makes it so special - it's hissy, but so, so fragile and delicate, as the best-captured acoustic sets sound - they balance these old vs. new tunes on a knife's-edge throughout, and the energy here is positively, heatedly charged. It's this "negative space" that drives the show as much as any one of those strums on the acoustic guitar.

BTW, the night before has some wonderful electric material - don't overlook it!
Reviewer: happy2balive - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2012
Subject: What a Treat!
I love these shows from "this date in history".
Always seem to find something that is a wonderful surprise. This is an AMAZING find. Love the acoustic set!
Reviewer: Greyfoldedsom - - January 23, 2009
Subject: Is This All There Is?
Wunnerful just wunnerful. But i wish to get the other 2 shows of this 3 show run, though 1-31 is so far the only date i've seen in circ. Show 1 was my friend RW's first, though like me he had attended the New Orleans Intl. Pop festival in Prarieville the previous Sept., 2 weeks after Woodstock & featuring many of the same artists. GD played just before Janis on day 2 but neither RW nor myself consider it our first..all the music blasting from the stage that weekend sounded like hopped-up psyched-out Bugs Bunny theme music. Must've been the doses. RW reported on the Warehouse set the next day in after The Flock & Fleetwood Mac played these 'scruffy cowboy dudes' crossed the catwalk through the rafters and down to the stage & proceeded to emit 'bubble music'. The Warehouse was a century-old drygoods storage facility set directly on the river bank upriver from downtown on Tchopitoulas. It had rafter-crossed ceilings and support posts throughout (always the first spots grabbed because they were swell to sit against before curtain and swell to stand in front of). Sources say these shows were the venue's first and for the next 12 years the old barn saw the best of the best. The first few months saw Allman Bros. w/ Pink Floyd stop by (of course the Floyd's loaded equipment truck was driven away by thieves) and from then on it seemed ABB were dead-set upon playing this room as often as possible, including 2 consecutive New Year's Eve shows. Then came the intensely bittersweet New Years show without Duane, their first gig since his passing. And it was there that Jim Morrison wandered offstage mid-set and morphed to Paris, never to return. Thing about "A Warehouse" (as it referred to itself in flyers, ads & tickets) was that it was the deep south stop for artists who played the big houses on the coasts. Townshend & Dylan have said the joint was special to them & they regard it with the same fondness held for the Fillmores and funky rock joints in Europe in which they came of age years before. The place had no ventilation so in summer they'd park a row of ice trucks along the side of the building, run giant hoses from the trucks up through second story openings and blast fan-forced cool air out into the room. I caught The Who in the middle of the '71 'Who's Next" tour there & the feeling was exactly like going over that first big drop on a roller coaster..and it never let-up. I was humbled by the experience. Good ol' Warehouse.
Somewhere along this portion of the spring 70 tour was TC's last show with GD, eh? Concert poster at
Reviewer: cmcottrell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2008
Subject: KRVS DJ Curtis Cottrell
I introduced this show. I worked for the college radio station in Lafayette, LA from 1968 to 1983. I had hitchhiked to New Orleans and volunteered to work as a stagehand for Beaver Productions. Little did I know it would forshadow my future. I still work with some of those guys!
My cut up impressions of this concert are recorded at
Other record reviews are at
Reviewer: _August_West_ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2008
Subject: Devo's Picks #2
This is a great show and there are two reasons to appreciate it. One, is that this the show just after the infamous bust which inspired the classic "Trucking". Two, although the band had begun to play some acoustic material late 69, this is the first 'Acoustic Dead' show of 1970, possibly because Phil's busted amp, possibly not, but whatever spurned the 'Acoustic Dead', it is the hallmark of 1970 shows and reveals the band's urge to step out of a pure psychedelic sound and back into their folk roots.

Follow the tour: 1970
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2008
Subject: When things go wrong you keep Truckin'
Despite being busted that afternoon, and then Phil's amp blowing up during the show, the DEAD conquer what looks like a Voo-Doo Coup d'etat in SIN CITY with their roots, ACCOUSTIC DEAD! WOW!

Katie Mae is incredible. A must have. Pigpen is captivating. The whole show rocks, but the accoustic set is pure gold, and if Phil's amp didn't blow, it never would have happened. Sometimes bad things happen at the wrong time and good things come from it.

A great show from begining to end, the Boys show their professionalism despite the all the crap going wrong, and they never sounded better. I am amazed they were able to switch to an accoustic show and sing and play the songs as if they planned the show that way. Great accoustic set.

FIVE STARS! Thanks for sharing this show with us.
Thanks for the love.
Reviewer: adeadhead6695 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2008
Subject: busted down on bourbob street
surprised noone has mentioned this is the notourius show the dead got set up like a bowlin pin that afternoon, very good show overall, subpar for the time period though, acoustic special gem set, pig pen at his best throughout the show
Reviewer: sblue0308 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2006
Subject: Workingman's Dead
Whether y'all know it or not you just heard what should have been the second album of Workingman's Dead. Stumbled on to this site when I seen Little Sadie. Glad I did. Jerry never ceases to amaze me. If you know how to get it, grab it while you still can whether it be analog or CD. Really good stuff.
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2006
Subject: good show
great to hear the acoustic stuff. Standard good SBD quality. Next.
Reviewer: DeadDave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2006
Subject: There is a way
Any show can be kept. Use your "Temporary Internet Files" folder.

Show-wise this is very rich with emotion.
Reviewer: KowBoy420247 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2006
Subject: Don't Forget About Katie May... She;ll Treat you right...
It's a Rare occasion when such a rare gem as this is shown to the world - simple - 3 CHORDS and the TRUTH - Thats the Blues my Friends ;o)Katie May is Spot On Incredible - too bad we can't download them anymore...
Reviewer: KowBoy420247 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2006
Subject: Don't Forget About Katie May... She;ll Treat you right...
It's a Rare occasion when such a rare gem as this is shown to the world - simple - 3 CHORDS and the TRUTH - Thats the Blues my Friends ;o)Katie May is Spot On Incredible - too bad we can't download them anymore...
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2006
Subject: Buster down in New Orleans
Here it is folks. There is some good stuff in here but at the end of the day these guys do the gig honorably but you can tell they are pissed and do not want to be there all of the songs are pretty short (album sized) with none of the outsized wailing common in this era. Then Phil's bass amp goes.... Upshot: Not their night.
Reviewer: jammy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2005
Subject: Acoustic Set
The acoustic set has some nice gems. Donwlaod it for that alone. The electric set is average for the year (I like 1970).
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2005
Subject: Venting some anger
That is one of the best Hard to Handle's from 1970 I've yet to hear.
Good amount of intensity on Mr.Garcia's part.
Reviewer: gravelydead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
Subject: Misfortune turned to gold
Out of Phil's amp mishap comes this special second set. Some say it couldn't have turned out this good if it were planned. Gotta love it.
Reviewer: cardgamermanguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2005
Subject: Pigpen
From what I understand this is the show where they put pigpen back on organ. (I might be wrong.)
Reviewer: phishphreak81686 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: .
only heard it a couple of times but i love the race is on
Reviewer: Muddy69 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2005
Subject: Saw Mill !
Yes , it's true , Saw Mill , right here for the taking. One of a number of rareley played songs on this fine recording. There is some hiss , but the recording is acceptable. Altogherther a pretty interesting show. It's worth it.
Reviewer: rmcall - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2004
Subject: seriously
This SBD contains so many gems I have never heard before. Great show!
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